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English: Bingfield likely developed from a farming community in the early 19th century, since most of the buildings date to that era. There were probably four farms: the present farm at the bottom of the road (now owned by the Whites and Sistersons); the Scott's farm, located about half a mile from Bingfield Combe Cottage, which massive farmhouse was accompanied by several barn houses, now converted into houses. There is a smaller farm fifty yards opposite from the original farmhouse at the bottom of our hill, who was also owned by the Scotts and Bingfield east quarter. There was also a church in Bingfield which dates to the late 18th/early 19th century as well as a school. As there is no church in Hallington (the next village along) their population would also have used this church and school. It is not clear when the school closed, but Nicholas White, the owner of the farm on our land (now aged around 80) went there and Keith Scott (owner of the Scott’s farm, who has moved away now and is also in his eighties). Before my family lived in the house, one end of the barn had been converted into a cottage to house the shepherd. This was a very small cottage, only the size of our kitchen now. A woman who looked after the playgroup, used to live in our house in the 1960s and went to Bingfield School; her father was the shepherd.

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